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Pharaoh Offering an Image of Ma`at

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This sunk relief depicts a pharaoh in traditional attire—wearing the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt—and in a standard pose of offering. He holds a conventional image of a goddess, identified as Maat by her feathers. This offering symbolizes that the king has fulfilled his traditional responsibility of preserving the Egyptians’ universal order, personified as Maat. Yet the style of the relief dates it to the time when the actual ruler was either one of the later kings of the Macedonian Greek family of Ptolemy or the Roman emperor Augustus, who conquered Ptolemaic Egypt but never lived there.
CULTURES Egyptian; Nubian
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES 1st century B.C.E.
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period-Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 19 1/16 x 27 3/16 in. (48.4 x 69.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Egyptian. Pharaoh Offering an Image of Ma`at, 1st century B.C.E. Sandstone, 19 1/16 x 27 3/16 in. (48.4 x 69.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1525E. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.1525E_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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